Consider this sentence:
This situation is analogous to the classic problem of cracking a hashed and salted password: We see the X as a password and Y as a salt.
What are the other ways to refer to the different "objects" here, instead of just using see? As the rest of my text is rather formal, see feels like a bad fit.
To be crystal clear, my goal is to argue the use of the analogy by comparing the X and Y to the password and salt.